Muller scythes past Querrey at Queen's, Cilic next

Paola Ditto
Giugno 26, 2017

A pair of former champions each took a step closer to possible repeat titles at the Queen's club pre-Wimbledon event on Thursday, with fourth seed Marin Cilic and Sam Querrey both advancing.

Muller, though, made a contest of it after recovering from a disappointing opening set where he was broken for the first time in this year's tournament in game six and had no answer to the Croatian's big serve.

Three years after failing to convert a match point in the Queen's Club title match against the Bulgarian, the 35-year-old left-hander avenged that loss with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 victory.

"At a tournament like this, we have so many great grass-court players", Cilic said of the slew of upsets so far at Queen's.

The powerful Croatian will play for a spot in the west London final against Gilles Muller, who eliminated Sam Querrey of the United States 6-4 7-6 (7-5).

"I'm playing well really since the clay season started", Cilic said.

Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares play Cilic and Marcin Matkowski in the doubles semi-finals later on Saturday.

"Today's match was a really high level", said the world number seven who is coached by former grasscourt specialist Jonas Bjorkman.

A rain delay midway through the second set broke his rhythm though and sixth seed Dimitrov seized his chance to level.

There was little between them and the match boiled down to one poor service game by Querrey early in the first set when Muller broke to love with a beautifully angled victor after chasing down a drop volley by the American.

The two players were neck and neck in the second, as Lopez saved two early break points, but Cilic's delivery remained metronomic.

Gilles Muller and Feliciano Lopez continued to defy age and their unseeded status as they progressed to the Queen's semifinals on Friday.

"I've wanted to win this tournament so badly throughout my whole career", Lopez told Catherine Whitaker.

Querrey needed more than two hours to advance with 15 aces and two breaks of the young Australian.

The 26-year-old, now ranked 387th in the world, was given a wildcard into this year's qualifying draw but will face a tough task to win the three matches required to reach the first round.

"I lost my serve only once during whole week, which is fantastic".

"I played him here previous year, had a match point, but lost in the end", the Spaniard said.

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